Close your eyes and think about a beach in Croatia. What do you see?
Turquoise waters, pristine beaches and endless sun. And if you had to put one specific image in your head of one specific beach, the chances are that it would be the most famous Croatian beach of all – Zlatni Rat in Bol, on the southern shores of the island of Brac, a beach so photogenic that the local tourist board built their slogan around it – SymBOL of the Adriatic.
Central Dalmatia and quality beaches fit together like a hand in glove, and whatever type of beach you are looking for, you will find it here. Choose from the famous Makarska Riviera, one of Europe’s true beach heavens, where you can find packed family beaches and remote romantic spots, almost side by side.
Or head to the islands – Brac, Vis, Hvar and Solta, all of which possess beaches which have been featured in international lists as the best in Europe. Stiniva on Vis, Dubovica on Hvar are but two that come to mind. Or go a little further afield and discover the fabulous Pakleni Islands in front of Hvar, where tourism has been taking place since 1906, and where you can find beach heaven of your choice, from a hidden sandy beach at Perna, CNN’s top naturist beach in the world on Jerolim, and one of the premier beach clubs on the Adriatic at Stipanska.
And let’s not forget Split in all this, a city which is truly blessed with a little of everything, including beaches. Bacvice is probably the top city beach in the country, a place you can enjoy with family in its shallow sandy waters and watch the locals engage in a curious local sport called Picigin, which involves grown men flinging themselves in the air in an attempt to keep a small ball the size of a tennis ball out of the water.
But the true magic of the beaches of Central Dalmatia hidden in the numerous bays and coves of the coast and islands, perfect examples of nature and almost a shame to disturb. Almost.
Which Dalmatian beach will be yours this summer?